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Her Majesty's Chief Inspector calls for action on missing children

08 Feb 2013

The Chief Inspector of Ofsted today (Friday) published a new report that highlights the need for urgent action to establish a single register to accurately track the number of children who go missing.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said that at a time of heightened concern about vulnerable children falling victim to sexual exploitation, it was profoundly worrying there was currently so little reliable data on the issue – including numbers, characteristics and trends.

He spoke on the day Ofsted published a report, Missing children, which found data sets recorded and held by local authorities and the police were significantly different in most areas - reflecting concerns that data about missing children is flawed at a national level.
 

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